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More Than Two Dozen Republicans Vote With Democrats To Fund USPS

President Donald Trump faces enemies from every side, including those who are supposedly with him, when it comes to Congress.

Far too frequently Republicans in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives side with Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and it happened again on Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In all, 26 Republicans voted with Democrats in a rare Saturday vote that they came back from recess to vote to give the United States Postal Service $25 billion in additional funding.

They were able to have this vote as Americans wonder when the next stimulus check is coming and wonder when their unemployment will be increased.

The Democratic-led House on Saturday passed legislation preventing U.S. Postal Service cutbacks at least through January and providing it with $25 billion in additional funding, reflecting Democrats’ concerns that delivery delays affecting basic mail service would spill over into an election being held during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a rare Saturday session held during August recess, the bill passed 257-150, with the support of 231 Democrats and 26 Republicans. It was opposed by 149 Republicans and one Independent. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) brought the measure to the floor over the objections of House Republican leaders. They say she is promoting conspiracy theories that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor appointed to the position in May, is cutting costs at the financially struggling service to hinder voting by mail, which President Trump has criticized.

Republicans say it is routine to decommission mail-sorting equipment and remove mail drop-boxes that the Postal Service deems underused. They also say the Postal Service has the money and capacity to handle the heavy volume of mail-in ballots expected. They note that Mr. DeJoy has agreed to suspend operational changes until after the general election, which is less than three months away.

But if we know anything about Democrats it is that any solution that does not involve the federal government giving tens of billions of dollars to something is not acceptable to them.

“It makes absolutely no sense to implement these dramatic changes in the middle of a pandemic less than three months before the November elections,” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, who is the lead sponsor of the bill, said. “The American people do not want anyone messing with the post office. They certainly do not want it to be politicized. They just want their mail.”

Two Republican representatives from Texas, Reps. Will Hurd and Michael McCaul were among the 26 who sided with Rep. Pelosi and the Democrats.

“The US Postal Service is vital. They provide prescriptions, absentee ballots, a method to pay bills and so much more to the American people, and they’re doing this throughout the pandemic. They are essential, and, like always, I will continue to support them,” Rep. Hurd said on Twitter.

“I have advocated for USPS funding in past COVID-19 relief legislation and will continue to do so along with funding for other essential services during this pandemic,” Rep. McCaul said, highlighting the need for seniors to get their medications.

Who is not getting their mail? Where is this issue happening? These people want to spend billions of dollars on an issue that does not even exist as the USPS tells them it does not need the funding.

“Representatives of the Post Office have repeatedly stated that they DO NOT NEED MONEY, and will not make changes,” President Trump said on Twitter. “This is all another HOAX by the Democrats to give 25 Billion unneeded dollars for political purposes, without talking about the Universal Mail-In Ballot Scam that they are trying to pull off in violation of everything that our Country stands for.”

The Democrats have created an issue, created a solution for the nonexistent issue and are using it as a campaign prop, and 26 Republicans fell for it.